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Poster: Monongahela Date: Jun 9, 2014 11:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Hi folks,

First-time poster here. So to briefly explain my situation, I’m 32 (too young to have seen ‘em), have been a fan since I was 16 or 17, but nothing approaching a full-on Deadhead. In the last few months, though, I’ve found myself in what is for me a massive Dead phase, and am really expanding my collection for the first time in years. I’d like some input on you all as to where I should go next in terms of official live releases—because I’m a bit of a CD collector (rare these days, I know, although I buy vinyl too), I do want actual GD releases rather than archive downloads/streams.

For some context, I can say my favorite decade is (not surprisingly) the 70s. I got the May ’77 box set recently and have been loving it, as well as Sunshine Daydream, which is probably the best thing I've yet heard from the band. I do also really like the earlier psychedelic material from the late 60s, although I’m less into the Pigpen R&B angle of the early group—I mean I like it, just not as much. As for the Brent years, all I have so far is the two-disc So Glad You Made It compilation. My take on that comp is that there are some great performances, but I have a hard time with the MIDI stuff and a lot of Brent’s digital keyboard sounds, although love his Hammond playing. The recordings also sound really kind of boomy and arena-esque—I like the slightly drier recordings of the 70s shows.

That said, I’m pretty interested in checking out some early Brent shows (pre-digital keyboard era), maybe some good ’74 shows (I understand those are a bit jazzier), maybe some '73, and anything else that is truly essential. Here’s what I have so far (sadly, no Dick’s Picks, Road Shows, or Dave’s Picks yet—recommend any you think are crucial):

The Golden Road box
So Many Roads box
One from the Vault
Two from the Vault
Ladies and Gentlemen… the Grateful Dead
Reckoning
Dead Set
May ’77 Box
To Terrapin
Europe '72
Europe '72- Vol. 2
Sunshine Daydream
Rockin’ the Rhein with the Grateful Dead
Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69
So Glad You Made It: Spring ‘90
In The Dark
Truckin’ Up to Buffalo (on its way)
Fillmore West 1969 (on its way)

Okay, so, have at it: what are the five or ten essential official live releases that I don’t currently own? Bear in mind that I’m looking for a good ’74 show and a good early Brent show (from, say, ’79 or ’80).

One thing I was thinking of that doesn’t fit this criteria, but which I’ve heard is excellent, is the Formerly the Warlocks box of the secret Hampton shows. Is it heavy on the MIDI, or is it more organic? I hear they're great shows in any event.

Thanks everyone!
Andres

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Poster: adedhed68 Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

The "Road Trips" series has some awesome releases and can be downloaded in digital format from dead.net, or you can find some pricey deals on ebay.

That being said, I recommend RT vol. 1 no. 1......excellent 1979 material with Brent up front in the mix. I can never get enough of this first RT release.

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Poster: SpacedAgain Date: Jun 10, 2014 3:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I also like:

Blues for Allah
Garcia (1972)
- though they're not live

Live Dead (maybe superfluous)

Grateful Dead Movie (extra DVD is great), see YouTube to check

Dick's Picks, Vol. 16 Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-11-08
https://archive.org/details/gd69-11-08.sbd.wise.82.sbeok.shnf

"Dick's Picks, Vol. 11
https://archive.org/details/gd72-09-27.sbd.vernon.18106.sbeok.shnf

same flavor but with The Other One not Dark Star
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-09-28.sbd.miller.94268.sbeok.flac16

Hundred Year Hall, Germany April 26, 1972 2nd CD was quite good
also DP 03 5/22/77 Pembroke Pines, FL

I like
DP 05 from Dec 79, especially for The Other One
Grateful Dead [Skull & Roses] because it was available I'm used to it
ditto The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack October 16-20 1974 but GD movie DVDs are enough

Since the archive came up I laxed on releases, having owned many Dick's Picks and losing them through moving, fire, etc. Often I'd just listen to the pieces I liked anyway, mostly 2nd sets, from runs or months. Now that I'm not in SF, impulse buys are non existent.

I'm sure more serious opinions will follow.


This post was modified by SpacedAgain on 2014-06-10 10:23:29

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I will second 100 Year hall, and I would cherry pick a few more Europe 72 shows .
Also I second the Movie soundtrack box .
The Winterland 73 set should be there . The 12/31/76 Cow Place is unique .
Frankly the first 8 DP's are all great (#6 from 83, gets you some early Brent, and they have not put much from this era out period ). The only non DP/RTs/Dave's from this time is Go to Nassau .
DP 12, an 31 get you some great 74 music.
A lot of this is out of print, so good luck .
As far as the "Warlocks" set goes, if you have the Spring 90 set , you kind of know what it is like . The big plus is that Dark Star, Attics, and Death Don,t ) . If you can find the "Nightfall of Diamonds " release, you get another Dark Star from it's "return period " .

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 10, 2014 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

A few more E72 cherries to pick: 4/8, 4/14, 4/24, 5/3, 5/4, 5/10, 5/11, 5/23, 5/25, 5/26

Any of these will more than satisfy.

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Poster: Sansloy Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I second Winterland 73. A Desert island disc.

Get all the studio albums from the periods you like.

It's hard to go wrong with any Dick's pick IMHO.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 10, 2014 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I guess everyone's on vacation, with the paucity of responses so far.

No GD collection is complete without Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Period. Maybe not what you're after, but for me essential. I also recommend Skullfuck and Blues for Allah, possibly for sentimental reasons, but still good selections. Avoid the Steal Your Face release. ( I can't in good conscience recommend any Brent shows personally, other than the acoustic sets from 1980, but I'll never knock people who like his style.)

Like you, I don't own any Dick's, Dave's or Road Trips. Just so much here on the archive to sate my appetite. Might I also recommend Garcia acoustic? Particularly with Grisman - recommend the Shady Grove and Pizza Tapes compilations, and Old & in the Way for bluegrass. How about JGB? Lots of great releases, Pure Jerry etc. Maybe a JGB fan here can make recs.

Anyway, this list might help you narrow your choices by era:
http://www.deaddisc.com/GDFD_Dead_By_Date.htm

may the four winds blow you safely home...

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Poster: Monongahela Date: Jun 10, 2014 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Thanks for the recs so far! I should point out that, since I've got the Golden Road, I have everything included in that: self-titled, Anthem, Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's, American Beauty, Live/Dead, Europe '72, Skull & Roses, Bear's Choice, and Origins of the Dead.

Keep 'em coming! :)

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Jun 10, 2014 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I agree with the suggestions so far. I'm very heavy on the 1969 through 1973 recordings. But one from other years that I've always very much enjoyed is the 1975 "One from the Vault"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_from_the_Vault

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Poster: Shug909 Date: Jun 10, 2014 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Go To Nassau sounds superb and is a very good performance from the early Brent years. I agree with you about Brent, I love his sounds in the pre-MIDI years, more Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes and other more classic sounds. In the late 80s his electric piano sounds became increasingly tinkly and toy-ish.


Another good one is the Fall 1979 Road Trips. That Shakedown Street is my favorite of all time.

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Poster: Shug909 Date: Jun 10, 2014 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Adedhead68 had already mentioned Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 1 Fall 1979 and I also concur on 12-28-79 Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 1, too.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Here are some good 74 options:

Dave's Picks 2 - 7/31/74
Dick's Picks 12 - 6/26 and 6/28/74
Dick's Picks 31 - 8/4 8/5 and 8/6/74
Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 3 - 6/16 and 6/18/74

I've never been very happy with the sound from The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack, but it's great to have the video.

I would defer to others on 79-80.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2014 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

I heartily rec all these picks (esp. the last 3).

The '79 recs below are solid.

Also include View from the Vault, Volume Two (June 14, 1991)

Now stop what you are doing and listen to the Thrill Ride, beginning with track #32 > https://archive.org/details/gd_nrps70-06-24.aud.pcrp5.23062.sbeok.flacf

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 10, 2014 7:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Since you mention video, I'd recommend "Crimson, White and Indigo," the video of the 7/7/89 show in Philly. The show itself is decent enough, with some nice highlights, but more than anything I've never seen higher quality video of a Grateful Dead show.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jun 10, 2014 6:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recommendations for next official GD purchases

Dicks Picks vol. 2 (10/31/71)
Dicks Picks vol. 3 (5/22/77)
Dicks Picks vol. 4 (2/13-14/70)
Dicks Picks vol. 8 (5/2/70)
Dicks Picks vol. 10 (12/29/77)
Dicks Picks vol. 12 (6/26 & 6/28/74)
Dicks Picks vol. 14 (11/30 & 12/2/73)
Dicks Picks vol. 18 (2/3 & 2/5/78)
Dicks Picks vol. 28 (2/26 & 2/28/73)
Dicks Picks vol. 29 (5/19 & 5/21/77)
Dicks Picks vol. 31 (8/4-6/74)
Dicks Picks vol. 34 (11/5/77)
Dicks Picks vol. 36 (9/21/72)

Road Trips vol. 1.4 (10/21-22/78)
Road Trips vol. 2.2 (2/14/68)
Road Trips vol. 2.3 (6/16 & 6/18/74)
Road Trips vol. 3.2 (11/14-15/71)
Road Trips vol. 3.3 (5/15/70)
Road Trips vol. 4.5 (6/9/76)

Dave's Picks vol. 1 (5/25/77)
Dave's Picks vol. 5 (11/17/73)
Dave's Picks vol. 7 (4/24/78)
Dave's Picks vol. 8 11/30/80)